SPECIAL EVENTS IN JULY
ALL-AMERICAN HOT DOG LUNCHEON: Tuesday, July 5 beginning at noon. In celebration of Independence Week, the Ambassadors Club will host a hot dog luncheon with all the trimmings prior to our weekly bingo game. Cost is $2.00 for a hot dog plate (includes drink). Bingo begins at 1:00pm for $1.50 per person. No reservations are necessary.
HANDMADE ALL OCCASION CARD WORKSHOP: Tuesday, July 5 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade all occasion cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Members need to register in advance by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Wednesday, July 6 from 9:30-10:30am. Free blood pressure readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball. A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.
WEDNESDAY MOVIES: Every Wednesday afternoon in July at 2:00pm. We will be showing: The Hunger Games Series Come out and enjoy a movie from the series each week on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. The movies will be shown in chronological order. All movies are rated PG-13. Free, sponsored by Victory Wealth Management. (Motion picture license # 12137390)
ADVANCED BEGINNERS BRIDGE: Thursdays from 10am - 12pm. The teacher, Dick Brisbin, is accredited by the American Contract Bridge League and is a Life Master player. Bridge is an endlessly challenging game, but the emphasis will be on having fun and meeting friendly people while exercising your mind. The cost is $5/person per lesson. For those interested please call 704-216-7714 to register.
GUITAR LESSONS: Three new classes begin on Monday, July 11. Absolute Beginner Guitar will meet at 1:00pm, Beginner Guitar at 2:15pm, and Intermediate Guitar at 3:30pm. Learn or re-learn to play the guitar with instructor Bob Wingate. Bring your own guitar. The cost for either eight-week course is $35 payable to the instructor on the first day of class. For questions call Bob at 704-640-0279.
MIND AEROBICS ART CLASS: An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Mondays from 2-5pm. $10 per session payable to the instructor.
HEALTH AND FITNESS CLUB: Wednesday, July 13 at 2:00pm. Come and join presenters from Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, Clarissa Carr, M.Ed., Therapist II and Jennifer Zumwalde, Recreation Therapist, as they discuss "Mental Wellness - Let's Talk Depression". The Health and Fitness club is open to all adults 55 and older who are interested in improving their health or learning about health matters. There is no charge for this program, and pre-registration is not necessary.
WALK-ABOUTS CLUB MEETING: Thursday, July 14 at 1:00pm, the Walk-Abouts will meet at Rufty-Holmes for a meeting to discuss the walks for the rest of the year. Everyone is welcome. Please call 704-216-7714 if you have any questions.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB TRIP TO CROWDER'S MOUNTAIN: Friday, July 22. Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 8:15am. The group will be leaving early to beat the heat, carpooling to the Crowder's Mountain Hiking Trail. Bring water, a snack, insect repellant and $3.00 to help drivers with gas. Dress appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your own risk. New participants will need to complete an information survey at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed. To register for this activity call 704-216-7714.
ANNUAL MEETING OF RUFTY-HOLMES SENIOR CENTER, INC: Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30pm at the Senior Center. The Annual Meeting of the local non-profit corporation that owns and operates the Senior Center. The Board of Directors will review the past administrative year, adopt a new budget, elect Officers and Directors, and hear public comments. A picnic dinner will be served with contributions collected toward expenses. Open to the public. Guests should make reservations by July 17 by calling 704-216-7714.
WATERCOLOR JAM: Wednesday, July 27 from 1:00-4:00pm. This is an open session for all watercolor painters to work on art creations. There is no instructor. Each artist must be responsible for his or her own supplies and for cleaning up afterwards. No registration is necessary.
BRAIN GAMES: Wednesday, July 27 at 1:00pm. This month for brain games the fitness staff will be hosting trivia. Come join us for an hour of trivia. Challenge your brain, enjoy refreshments and win prizes. For more information or to register please call 704-216-7714.
BUS TRIP TO WOHLFAHRT HAUS DINNER THEATRE: Thursday, July 28. Motor coach transportation will leave the center at 8:00am for a scenic trip to the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre in Wytheville, Virginia. On the way, we will make a brief stop at a small outlet mall for some shopping and then another stop at Bojangles before arriving at the theatre. We will enjoy a delicious luncheon and the show "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," a Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice favorite that is a Biblical-based rollicking musical parable for young & old.We will return to the Center around 7:15 pm after a short stop at McDonalds.
Cost is $70.00 per person, which includes transportation, lunch and the performance, and tips. All other stops are Dutch-Treat.
Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be registered with the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient, you can also pay by credit card now as well as with cash or check.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, July 6 at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line will be provided in the Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive early.
ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP IN ROWAN COUNTY: Thursday, July 28 at 5:30pm. Please join us for a light meal, featured speakers and time to share thoughts, feelings and tips on caring for ourselves and our loved ones with dementia. Affiliated with the Western NC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, the support group is facilitated by Trinity at Home. For additional information contact Teresa Dakins at 704-603-2778 or Deborah Tillman at 704-603-2779.
NEW COMPUTER CLASSES: Please pre-register by contacting the Front Desk at 704-216-7714. Participants must be registered with the Center.
Make the Internet Work for You: Tuesday, July 12 from 5:30-8:30pm. It does not matter what the operating system is on your computer....the Internet is the Internet. Learn how to make it work for you; not you having to work in order to use it. How can it help you plan a trip? Or maybe plan a "staycation?" Or could you shop online for your necessities---groceries? Drug store items? Pet food? Maybe you want to buy a new house...or rent a new apartment?? Come see what you can do....... Cost is $10.
You and Your iPad: Wednesday, July 13 from 1-4 pm. Your iPad can pretty much do anything your laptop can do....check email, shop online, talk face-to-face with family and friends, and so much more. This is an exciting item to carry around with you-----always giving you something to do! Cost is $10.
Social Media: Monday, July 18 from 5:30-8:30pm. Keep in touch, learn new things, plan new projects... Yes, you can do all this using various aspects of Social Media. So much more than Facebook, social media can enhance your life....it is all up to you. Cost is $10.
ON-GOING EXERCISE CLASSES: One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A variety of offerings are available at different levels, and include Senior-Lite Jazzercise, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers Classic, Strength-ercise, Tai Chi, and Chair Yoga, as well as arthritis water exercise and cardiovascular water exercise classes. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714.
CHAIR MASSAGES: Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Mondays by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT. Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.
Enjoy BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers.
Members are invited to enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments.
Chair Volleyball will be offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:00pm in the Fitness Annex.
Senior Games Shuffleboard will be held on Friday, July 1 from 8:30am - 11:30am in the Addie Rhem Morris Room.
CLUB MEETINGS THIS MONTH AT THE CENTER:
TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am except July 4
Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am
Creative Needles - Each Wednesday at 9:30am
R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am
Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm
Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm
Seniors Morning Out - Thursday July 7 at 10:00am
AARP Chapter - Thursday, July 7 at 1:00pm
Military Officers Association Chapter - Monday, July 11 at noon
Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, July 11 at 2:00pm
Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, July 14 at 9:00am
Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, July 14 at 6:30pm
Active & Retired Federal Employees - Monday, July 18 at 1:00pm
Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, July 19 at noon
Sunny Days Quilters- Thursday, July 21 at 1:00pm
Carolina Artists - Thursday, July 21 at 6:30pm
Veterans Coffee - Wednesday July 27 at 8:30am
LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.
BROADCAST BINGO: Available through the Center's Outreach Program for Rowan County older adults age 60 and older. Win prizes from sponsors by listening daily to Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7707 to enroll and for more information. Free.
LISTEN TO "SENIOR MOMENTS" DAILY MONDAY-FRIDAY AT 6:25am & 10:25am ON MEMORIES 1280 WSAT RADIO.
RUFTY-HOLMES SENIOR CENTER AND ALL LUNCH CLUB LOCATIONS WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, JULY 4 FOR THE INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY.
THERE WILL A MODIFIED AQUATIC EXERCISE CLASS SCHEDULE JULY 5-JULY 8 DUE TO ANNUALLY SCHEDULED POOL MAINTENANCE.
THE FITNESS ANNEX WILL HAVE A MODIFIED CLASS SCHEDULE THE WEEK OF JULY 5 - 8.
APPOINTMENTS FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE: Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc). The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aid office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.
APPOINTMENTS FOR OMBUDSMAN ASSISTANCE: Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, is available to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.
ASSISTANCE WITH HEARING NEEDS: For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Schedule an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.
"ARE YOU OK?" SERVICE: Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.
INSURANCE INFORMATION PROGRAM ASSISTANCE: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7703 for more information.
GOLD CARDS: Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID.
GENERAL INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE: Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults. If you have a need, call the Center's Information & Assistance Program at 704-216-7700.
NEED A RIDE TO THE SENIOR CENTER? THE CITY BUS SERVES THE SENIOR CENTER HOURLY (AT APPROXIMATELY 5 MINUTES PAST THE HOUR) MONDAY - FRIDAY ON ROUTE # 1. FOR INFORMATION CALL 704-638-5252.
COUNTY RESIDENTS AGE 60 AND OLDER CAN QUALIFY FOR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE TO THE CENTER AT 704-216-8888.
SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE FOR ANY LOCAL OLDER ADULT WHO NEEDS HELP WITH PROGRAM FEES FOR CLASSES OR ACTIVITIES. NO ONE IS REFUSED PARTICIPATION BASED ON AN INABILITY TO PAY PROGRAM FEES.